Gondar (2300m) to Sankaber (3250m) (the first camp site in the park) via Debark On your arrival in Gondar, you will be met by simien eco trek and transferred to a hotel (if you prefer to stay in Gondar) or driven to Debark, get permission from the NP headquarter and everything will wait for you in order. Debark (where the HQ is situated) is the access to the park and Gondar is situated 100 km from Debark and 136 km from Sankaber, the first camp site in the park. before 6km to the camp you can do 2-3hrs of walk to get acclimatize with the altitude and the stuff will drive directly to the camp and set up tents and other things for you. On the way going, you will encounter a troop of Gelada Baboon,klipspringer and Bushbucks and birds such as Lammer Gayer,Thick Billed Raven, Pied crow and Wattled Ibis. Over night: Sankaber camp. Time: 5-6hrs including the drive Distance:-6-7km for 2-3 hrs of walk & 122 km for the drive from Gondar Accommodation: tent Meals: L&D
Sankaber 3250m-Geeck 3600m;
In the morning, you will walk to Geech past a waterfall.You will see some wild lives, such as Gelada Baboon.Once we descend down the Jinbar Wenz/river (which feeds the waterfall and where you will eat your pack lunch) a short ascent remains to Geech.En-route going to Geech, you will encounter a troop of Gelada Baboon, klipspringer, Bushbuck and different type of birds. When you meet the baboons, you need to make a short stop and watch at them since they are very interesting animals to see. The camp site offers great views of the mountains and is characterized by giant Lobelia plants. It is situated at an altitude of 3600m. The temperature can be very cold in the night,therefore, please make sure you will bring a four season sleeping bag for this trip. Overnight,Geech camp Total time 5-7 hrs Distance: 12.5km
Meals: B, L&D
Geech to Chenck
On this day you start around eight in the morning (after breakfast) and walk to Chenek via Imetgogo (3926m) and Enateye (4070m). have your
lunch on the top of Enataye, one of the most dramatic viewing points in the whole area. It is mostly downhill all the way from the lunch spot to Chenck but five minutes gradual uphill remains just after Korbet Metayata to the camp. The trek from Geech to Chenek covers approximately
sixteen kilometers following a path along the escarpment edge. Chenek camp site is located in a beautiful valley at the foot of Bwahit peak, at the altitude of 3680m. En-route, you might be able to see some of the endemic
wild lives such as walia Ibex, Gelada Baboon and Ethiopian wolf if you are very lucky
Time: 5-6hrs Distance: 13.5 km Accommodation: tent Meal: B, L&D
Trek from Chennek to Ambiko (3,600m): 8- 9 hours Your day begins at sunrise to give you enough time to explore the surrounding cliffs for good sightings of the Ethiopian endemic walia ibex. Then begin the tough 3-hour ascent to the top of the Bwhait pass (4,200m). This is the second highest point in the park and offers magnificent views of Bwhait peak, Berochwuha, Silki and the Lori village below.
This route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Ras Dejen. This route has a total ascent of 945m, and a total descent of 1,400m. The highest point of the day is 4,200m and the lowest is 2,800m.
After 3 hours of hiking downhill from the pass you will be at Chiro Leba, a small rural village where you can mingle with local people and discover their ways of life. Another hour’s descent from the village takes you through mountain slopes and rocky hillsides covered by the endemic aloea plant to the Mesha river where Euphorbium candelabrum, a giant succulent tree, grows . From the river it takes about 1.5 hours of ascent to reach the Ambiko campsite.
Trek to the Ras Dejen Peak (4,553m) and come back to Ambiko 10-12 hours At 4,553m, Mount Ras Dejen is Africa’s forth highest and Ethiopia’s highest mountain. The trek to the summit is 10-12 hours of challenging trekking (6-7 hour ascent, 4-5 hour descent) but enormously rewarding. The ascent and descent is 1,300m. The day begins before sunrise to give you ample time for trekking. The first 2-3 hours follow a rocky trail. The trail then starts to ascend more steeply and continues for another hour. From here to the summit it will take about 2 hours trekking through Afroalpine meadows. The trail winds its way into the moorland where everlasting flowers and helichrysum become dominant. The trail to the summit is obvious and easy until you make that final scramble and find yourself on the roof of Africa. after having a lunch break descent to Ambiko,
trek to a small village where the car will be waiting called chiroleba and drive back to Gondar.